ERA-Net Cofund scheme

What the ERA-NET instrument does 

ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 is a funding instrument designed to support public-public partnerships in their

  • preparation
  • establishment of networking structures
  • design and implementation
  • coordination of joint activities 

The instruments mainly 'tops-up' funding for single joint calls and transnational actions.

ERA-NET under Horizon 2020

The focus of ERA-NET has shifted from funding networks to 'topping-up' funding of single joint-calls for transnational research and innovation. This is done in selected areas with high European added-value and Horizon 2020 relevance.

ERA-NET under Horizon 2020 merges the former ERA-NET and ERA-NET Plus into a single financial instrument with the central compulsory element of implementing one substantial call with top-up funding from the Commission.

This aims to increase substantially the share of funding that Member States dedicate jointly to challenge driven research and innovation agendas.

Read more about ERA-NET under previous research and innovation fudnding programmes

Related publications and links

FAQ for the ERA-NET Cofund

Publication: Analysis of ERA-NET Cofund actions under Horizon 2020 

Publication: The ERA-NET scheme from FP6 to Horizon 2020 -- Report on ERA-NETs, their calls and the experiences from the first calls under Horizon 2020 

General Annexes to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme (includes description of ERA-NET Cofund and specific eligibility conditions and evaluation criteria)

Model Grant Agreement: Horizon 2020 ERA NET Cofund A dedicated Model Grant Agreement has been designed for ERA-NET Cofund. It includes specific Annexes for the financial forms, a form for the commitment on availability of funds and model for the statement on the use of the previous pre-financing instalment.

Annotated Model Grant Agreement - Horizon 2020 ERA-Net Cofund

Background & practical information from ERA-LEARN 2020 for ERA-NET Cofund




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